April 08, 2020
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Weekend snow secures winter records for Maine, New England

Bill Trotter | BDN
Bill Trotter | BDN
Snow drifts blend into and over the domed roof of Wild Blueberry Land at the intersection of routes 1 and 187 Saturday in western Washington County. Another few inches of fresh snow fell in Maine on Saturday night and Sunday morning, adding to record-breaking winter weather over the past several weeks in the state and New England.

BANGOR, Maine — Just when you thought the piles couldn’t get any higher, it happened. Again.

Not satisfied with having set snowfall records in much of New England over the past several weeks, Mother Nature dumped another several inches of snow across Maine on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Snowfall ranged from around 2 inches in York County and parts of Cumberland County to roughly half a foot or more in Waldo and Hancock counties. Eastern Washington County, where Eastport and Lubec each have gotten close to 100 inches of snow since late January, got between 2 and 5 inches of snow.

And though the snow has gotten the lion’s share of attention, the region’s low temperatures also are unmatched in recent memory, according to the National Weather Service.

The federal agency indicated Saturday that it looks like February will be Bangor’s coldest month on record, beating an average low that stood for 21 years. Portland also is on pace to set records for most consecutive days with temperatures below freezing and below 10 degrees Fahrenheit, and a top-five period for consecutive days with temperatures at or below zero.

Snowfall records already have been set this month in Boston and in Eastport, and now — after tying a 46-year-old record on Feb. 9 — Bangor has made the list.

The weather service indicated Friday that Maine’s Queen City has reached a new high mark for snowfall over a 31-day period — and it did so in only 28 days.

Between Jan. 24 and Feb. 20, 60.8 inches (a little more than 5 feet) of snow have fallen in Bangor, surpassing the 59.4 inches that fell in Bangor between Feb. 1 and March 3, 1969. Snowfall records for Bangor have been kept since 1926, according to the federal agency.

On Saturday, an additional 3.5 inches of snow fell in Bangor, raising the city’s 31-day total to over 64 inches, which does not include whatever additional amount may be measured for Sunday. The 31-day period won’t come to a close until Monday, Feb. 23.

According to the National Weather Service, Bangor has received 33 inches of snow so far in February, 81.9 inches since Dec. 1, 2014, and 107.8 inches overall since snow first showed up late last fall.

In Portland, roughly an inch and a half of snow fell Saturday. Maine’s largest city has gotten 32.6 inches so far this month, 76.9 since Dec. 1, and 87.2 inches so far this winter — including more than half a foot that fell around Thanksgiving Day.

Rich Norton, forecaster for the National Weather Service office in Caribou, said Sunday that Hampden and Levant each got about a half a foot of snow overnight Saturday night into Sunday. Surry appears to have gotten the most with more than 9 inches, while Aroostook County got around 4 inches, he said.


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